Statement on Senator Sinema’s Floor Speech

“In her quest to be the next John McCain, she crowned herself the modern day Strom Thurmond. Arizonans truly deserve better.” 

Today, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema reiterated her opposition to filibuster reform, even as the archaic Senate rule obstructs the protection of voting rights that she claims to support. Battle Born Collective Deputy Director Tré Easton released the following statement in response:

“Today, Senator Sinema made abundantly clear where she stands in the battle for our democracy. She took to the floor of the Senate and proudly embraced white supremacists’ favorite tool of obstruction throughout our nation’s complicated history. She used a lot of flowery language to say that she’s more concerned with protecting an arbitrary rule than she is protecting her constituents from ongoing voter suppression efforts happening in her backyard.

“Senator Sinema cannot credibly claim in one breath to “share the concerns of civil rights advocates” and then ostentatiously protect the filibuster—the specific impediment to addressing their concerns. She cannot continue to cloak herself in her “hero” the late John Lewis’s legacy while spitting in the face of efforts to advance voting rights legislation—his life’s work. 

“If there were any questions remaining about what she truly prioritizes, Senator Sinema answered them emphatically today. In her quest to be the next John McCain, she crowned herself the modern day Strom Thurmond. Arizonans truly deserve better.”